Mon June 18, 2018

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Youth Space Jun18

Proverbs 18 (New King James Version)

1 A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire;
He rages against all wise judgment.
2 A fool has no delight in understanding,
But in expressing his own heart.
3 When the wicked comes, contempt comes also;
And with dishonor comes reproach.
4 The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters;
The wellspring of wisdom is a flowing brook.
5 It is not good to show partiality to the wicked,
Or to overthrow the righteous in judgment.
6 A fool’s lips enter into contention,
And his mouth calls for blows.
7 A fool’s mouth is his destruction,
And his lips are the snare of his soul.
8 The words of a talebearer are like tasty trifles,[a]
And they go down into the inmost body.
9 He who is slothful in his work
Is a brother to him who is a great destroyer.
10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower;
The righteous run to it and are safe.
11 The rich man’s wealth is his strong city,
And like a high wall in his own esteem.
12 Before destruction the heart of a man is haughty,
And before honor is humility.
13 He who answers a matter before he hears it,
It is folly and shame to him.
14 The spirit of a man will sustain him in sickness,
But who can bear a broken spirit?
15 The heart of the prudent acquires knowledge,
And the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.
16 A man’s gift makes room for him,
And brings him before great men.
17 The first one to plead his cause seems right,
Until his neighbor comes and examines him.
18 Casting lots causes contentions to cease,
And keeps the mighty apart.
19 A brother offended is harder to win than a strong city,
And contentions are like the bars of a castle.
20 A man’s stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth;
From the produce of his lips he shall be filled.
21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
And those who love it will eat its fruit.
22 He who finds a wife finds a good thing,
And obtains favor from the LORD.
23 The poor man uses entreaties,
But the rich answers roughly.
24 A man who has friends must himself be friendly,[b]
But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.



“And do not grumble as some of them did – and were killed by the destroying angel.” (I Corinthians 10:10)

Murmuring, grumbling, wailing – these are the qualities exhibited by those who fail to trust God for their needs. Sometimes things do not seem to happen the way we like, but that should not lead us to grumbling. Instead, we should have the positive mindset to trust God and should be mature enough to see the hand of God in everything. When we read about the Israelites’ wilderness journey, we see how the Lord led them like a father. He fed them each day, He guarded them and guided them with the pillars of cloud and fire. He fought for them against their enemies. But whenever they faced hardships, instead of looking to God and trusting Him for help and deliverance, they showed their ungratefulness by grumbling against Him. Let us see a few such instances – Immediately after witnessing the supernatural event of the parting of the Red Sea, the Israelites came to the Desert of Shur and they could not find water for three days. Then, when they found it they could not drink it because it was bitter and they started grumbling against Moses. The Lord heard their cry, took pity on them and turned the bitter water sweet by instructing Moses to throw a piece of wood into it (Exodus 15:22-25). A short while after this incident, again the Israelites started grumbling – this time for their food. Once again, the Lord granted their heart’s desire by raining down manna from heaven. He also sent quails to satisfy them. (Exodus 16:1-13) Even after seeing God’s awesome power and might displayed in these incidents, the people’s trust in Him did not grow and mature. After about an year when the whole community started from the Desert of Sinai, again they started complaining about their hardships! The cried, “If only we had meat to eat!” (Numbers 11:4) The Lord became exceedingly angry (Numbers 11:10). He sent them quail but while the meat was still between their teeth and before it could be consumed, He struck them with severe plague!

Dear friends, let the life of the Israelites warn us. Grumbling is characteristic of the ungodly. (Jude 16) Jesus warned the Pharisees, when they grumbled in unbelief, that He was the Son of God (John 6:43). Let us not become partakers of the wicked by being ungrateful, but let us grow in trust each day, giving thanks to God always.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, having seen Your hand guiding me, protecting me and providing me miraculously on many occasions, let me grow in trust each day. Never let me grumble against You when I face hardships. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.



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